U.S. Attorney's Office For The Eastern District Of Tennessee Collects $7,442,571.29 In Civil And Criminal Actions For U.S Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2020

Thursday, January 7, 2021

United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey announced that the Eastern District of Tennessee collected $7,442,571.29 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year
(FY) 2020.

Of this amount, $2,581,550.52 was collected in criminal actions and $4,861,020.77 was collected in civil actions.

U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey praised the hard work of the Assistant U.S. Attorneys and the Monetary Recovery Unit stating, “The men and women of the U.S. Attorney’s Office continue to work diligently to ensure East Tennesseans receive justice.

The money recovered for victims of crime and taxpayers is the direct result of the hard work and
commitment our Assistant U.S. Attorneys dedicate to the wellbeing of this community.”

Highlights of the Eastern District of Tennessee’s FY 2020 collections effort include:

• A $1,500,000 civil settlement with Retina Associates to resolve False Claims Act
Allegations in February 2020.

• Sylvia Hofstetter was found guilty and sentenced for her role in operating pill mills in
East Tennessee. She was also ordered to forfeit $3.6 million in ill-gotten gains.

• $555,000 in criminal restitution was collected from five defendants involved in a pain
cream scheme fraud case. All five defendants were convicted for their roles in defrauding
both private and government insurance programs.

• In November, 2020, as part of her sentence, Cheryl Broussard was required to forfeit
$106,000, which represented the proceeds of her defrauding a National Women’s
Sorority as part of an investment management scheme. In addition, Broussard was
ordered to pay $106,000 in restitution to her victims.

• $132,343.50 in criminal restitution was collected from a former Controller, Shain
Chappel, who was sentenced for an embezzlement scheme in July 2020.

Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used
to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes. The U.S.
Attorneys’ Offices, along with the Justice Department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for
enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts
owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of
certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is
paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the Justice Department’s
Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds to federal and state victim compensation and
victim assistance programs.

Nationwide, the United States Justice Department collected more than $15.9 billion in
civil and criminal actions in FY 2020, ending September 30, 2020. The $15,988,516,670 in
collections in FY 2020 represents more than five times the approximately $3.2 billion
appropriated budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the main litigating divisions of the
Justice Department combined in that same period. The total includes all monies collected as a
result of Justice Department-led enforcement actions and negotiated civil settlements. It includes
more than $13.5 billion in payments made directly to the Justice Department, and more than $2.4
billion in indirect payments made to other federal agencies, states, and other designated
recipients.

The largest civil collections in FY 2020 were from affirmative civil enforcement cases in
which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud, other misconduct, or
collected fines imposed upon individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health,
safety, civil rights, or environmental laws. In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of
several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the
Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Small Business
Administration, and the Department of Education.


Tennessee State Unemployment Inches Upward During December

Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly In December While Jobs Increase

NewTerra The Only Local Company In Chattanooga Area To Compost Food Scraps


Statewide unemployment inched upwards during the final month of 2020, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The preliminary, seasonally ... (click for more)

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to reach 5.6 percent in December while the state saw a significant increase in ... (click for more)

Have you got food scraps you’re dumping in the garbage because they aren’t really edible? The tops of carrots or onions. Used coffee in filters. Maybe eggshells from breakfast. Does a company ... (click for more)



Business

Tennessee State Unemployment Inches Upward During December

Statewide unemployment inched upwards during the final month of 2020, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2020 is 6.4 percent, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from November’s revised rate of 5.2 percent. Tennessee’s latest jobless statistic remains ... (click for more)

Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly In December While Jobs Increase

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to reach 5.6 percent in December while the state saw a significant increase in the number of jobs. “December is yet another month where we have seen job growth throughout the state,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We more than doubled our job growth from November, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Health Department Says It Has Many "First Dose" Appointments Still Available Through The Call Center

Most "first dose" COVID-19 vaccine appointments are booked online, but there are still many appointments available, Hamilton County Health Department officials said Sunday afternoon. Those seeking the appointments should call the appointment call center at 423-209-5399 beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m. Officials said, " If you get a busy signal, hang up and call again. When all ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Has No New COVID Deaths, 89 New Cases; Tennessee Has 2,841 New Cases, 40 More COVID Deaths

Hamilton County reported 89 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The new total of cases in Hamilton County is 36,978. There were no more deaths from the virus in the county reported since Saturday, leaving the total at 337. The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee is at 708,717 on Sunday with 2,841 new cases. There have been 40 more deaths from the virus, for a total ... (click for more)

Opinion

What's The Deal, Steve Highlander?

While listening to the school board meeting on Thursday night, School Board Member Steve Highlander made a comment that he had been teaching all day. I was a little confused and started searching. It didn't take me long to find out that Highlander teaches at Ringgold High School. So let me get this straight. He was teaching in person at a Georgia school, then came to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Open Our Schools!

There has never been a better time nor a better reason for Hamilton County to do away with the School Board. The group of nine wasted the better part of two hours Thursday night trying to decide whether to allow children to go back to school before tossing any decision back to superintendent Bryan Johnson. The School Board is worthless. It makes no decisions about anything other ... (click for more)